Quincy takes questions in Tate Lecture student forum

quincy-jones-200.jpgQuincy Jones has a key piece of advice for students: Don’t sell yourself short.

“The strongest things you’ve got are your passion and commitment. You throw those away, you have nothing,” the legendary composer, producer, arranger and musician told students at SMU Oct. 7. He was on campus to speak in the 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Jones answered student questions about his experiences working with icons ranging from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He also spoke about his own commitment to learning through travel and the importance of science knowledge to disciplines as diverse as music and sports.

“Music is amazing because it’s the only thing that affects the left and right brain simultaneously – the intellect and the emotions,” he said. “You have to build your science to back up everything you do.”

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Musician-producer Quincy Jones to give Tate Lecture Oct. 7

Quincy JonesMusician, composer and producer Quincy Jones – the most Grammy-nominated artist of all time – will discuss his more than 50 years in the entertainment industry in SMU’s 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Oct. 7. The lecture takes place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Jones’ career has spanned six decades and taken him through roles ranging from musician to producer to executive. He won his first Grammy Award in 1963 for his Count Basie arrangement of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He also was producer and conductor of the “We Are The World” recording, which became the best-selling single of all time. In 1997, Jones formed the Quincy Jones Media Group, whose feature film projects in development include adaptations of the Ralph Ellison novel Juneteenth and David Halberstam’s chronicle of the early civil rights movement, The Children.

In addition, Jones will participate in the Turner Construction/Wachovia Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the entire SMU community is invited.

Learn more about this season’s Tate lecturers and the Student Forum series for the community at smu.edu/tate.